Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon

Km. 3.8, Hm. 3.0 Road 187 Boca…
San Juan, Puerto Rico

In business since 2004, Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon Charters is one of the largest light tackle operators in the San Juan area. Conveniently located near the La Torrecilla and San José Lagoons, the company offers some of the best Tarpon fishing you can find.

They operate in an area that is not only inhabited by large numbers of Tarpon and Snook but is also surrounded by stunning wildlife and nature. The calm waters of the lagoon make seasickness unlikely and the area is easily accessible by car.

Brothers Karim and Armando Chaar operate Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon fishing charters. They have both been fishing the local lagoons since they were children and have since then been featured on numerous TV shows on ESPN2, Sunsports TV, and Worldwide Fishing Network. They focus on providing professional and courteous service using high quality, well-maintained fishing gear on clean and well-equipped boats.

The company operates a fleet of 5 light tackle inshore fishing boats, amongst which is the 22’ Pathfinder. This boat is perfect for light tackle fishing in the area – it’s equipped with comfortable seating and offers a dry and comfortable ride through the lagoons. Equipped with a Garmin fishfinder, two livewells, and plenty of storage, the boat is also furnished with the full range of required safety equipment.

Puerto Rico is famous for its Tarpon fishing with good reason: the Silver King can be found in the lagoons all year round and there is virtually no offseason. Other fish that might be found in the lagoons include Snook, Jacks, Ladyfish, small Barracuda, and some Snapper.

Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon tend to use live bait, which is usually caught as a part of the trip and can include Threadfin Herring, Anchovies, and Sand Perch. They also use a variety of artificial lures and make their own flies for fly fishing. Most of their light tackle is Shimano and Penn, while Scott, Sage, and Orvis rods are used for fly fishing.

All aboard!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – 3+ PAX
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 530
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 60
    each additional person
    This 6-hour trip will include fishing the lagoons near San Jose for Tarpon and other species, possibly including Jacks, Ladyfish, Snook, and Barracuda. Light tackle and fly fishing are both catered for and fishing is usually done with live bait caught at the beginning of the trip, although a variety of artificial baits are also available. Max 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – 2 PAX
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 490
    up to 4 persons
    On this trip, you'll get to explore the San Jose lagoons for 6 action-packed hours. You will mostly be focusing on Tarpon, but you'll also get a chance to reel in Snook, Jacks, Barracuda, and Ladyfish. You'll be supplied with the best fly fishing and light tackle gear paired with live bait (caught on the way) or lures. This trip is for a maximum of 2 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 3+ PAX (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 390
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 60
    each additional person
    This morning 4-hour trip will see you focusing on Tarpon, but you'll also get to catch Jacks, Ladyfish, Snook, and Barracuda. The captain will show you the most productive spots at the lagoons near San Jose and equip you with the finest fly and light tackle, live bait and lures.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 3+ PAX (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 390
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 60
    each additional person
    If you'd like to sleep in, this afternoon trip is made for you! You'll get to focus on Tarpon while having an option to catch other species, such as Snook, Jacks, Barracuda, and Ladyfish. Both light tackle and fly fishing are an option, using live bait or lures.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 2 PAX (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 350
    up to 4 persons
    On this morning trip, you'll be going after Tarpon, as well as the other species including Jacks, Ladyfish, Snook, and Barracuda. The captain will equip you with top professional fly and light tackle, live bait, and lures. This trip is for a maximum of 2 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 2 PAX (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 350
    up to 4 persons
    This afternoon trip is perfect for those who'd like to sleep in and go fishing later. Focusing on Tarpon, you'll also get to go after other species, such as Snook, Jacks, Barracuda, and Ladyfish. Your weapon of choice will be light tackle or fly, combined with live bait or lures. The maximum number of anglers for this trips is 2.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 175HP Evinrude E-TEC engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Armando Chaar
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Member since October 2014
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Armando Chaar has been fishing the lagoons of Puerto Rico since he was a child. He has owned and operated Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon since 2004 and he and his experienced team have appeared in over a dozen TV shows, including ESPN2, World Fishing Network, and SunSport. The team has also been featured in numerous magazine publications, such as Que Pasa, Fins&Skins;, and Travel and Tourism.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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5.00
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Kevin Mead
Bayamon, 00
 5.00
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Great day

VERIFIED   October 7, 2016
Capt. Randy was ready and raring to go when we arrived at the marina. We just had to step on the boat and we were off. He...
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Joe Tripp
The Bronx, New York
 5.00
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Fishing with Armando

VERIFIED   August 11, 2017
Experienced, hard working captain.  Caught a couple of nice tarpon even though conditions weren’t ideal.
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Rich Gibson
Lemont, Illinois
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 29, 2017
This was a great trip. We caught 3 nice fish. The kids already want to come back.
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Matthew Williams
Kalispell, Montana
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VERIFIED   February 20, 2017
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Thomas Champlin
Margaretville, New York
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Tarpon fishing in San Juan

VERIFIED   April 22, 2016
it was a great day, they were on time to pick us up and we landed 5 fish. the boat 75 feet from us didn’t catch a thing....
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